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Roundtable on “National Clean Air Programme: Combatting Air Pollution in India”

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India and the German Development Cooperation jointly organised a one-day Roundtable on “National Clean Air Programme: Combatting Air Pollution in India” on 26th November 2018 in New Delhi to deliberate with various Indian and international organisations on their engagement in combatting air pollution and their current and future roles. 

The Roundtable was opened by His Excellency Dr Martin Ney, German Ambassador to India. This Roundtable brought together several national and international organisations deliberating on combatting air pollution in India. The sectoral ministries of Health and Rural Development, NITI Ayog, state agencies from Orissa, Delhi and Karnataka, and academic and R&D organisations including IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, NEERI and TERI, AFD and Bloomberg Philanthropy attended the event.

The speakers in the high-level Dialogue included Mr. Nikunja Sundaray, Joint Secretary , MoEFCC; Ms. Marion Wichmann-Fiebig, Head of Air Quality Department from the German Federal Environmental Agency, Umweltbundesamt – UBA; His Excellency Minister Armando Vivanco Castellanos, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Mexico in India; Mr. Santiago Ruy, Head of Culture and Tourism and Third Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in India; Ms. Ana Patricia Martínez Bolívar, Director General, Air Quality Department, Ministry of Environment of the Mexican Government; Mr. Miguel Angel Cancino, Environmental and Land Attorney of Mexico City; Ms. Oliva Pineda Pastrana, Assistant Manager, Environmental and Territorial Planning Office – PAOT, Mexico Government Administration, Mexico City; Dr. Arnico K. Panday, Regional Programme Manager Atmosphere, ICIMOD; Mr. Sho Miura, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in India; Mr. Norbert Gorissen, Deputy Director-General, International Policy and other participants from BMU; Dr. Wolfram Klein, Head of the Department for India and South Asia, BMZ.

The experts present in the Roundtable from Mexico, Nepal and Germany shared their country’s experiences and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government explained the National Clean Air Programme that will be launched soon. 

Mr. A.K. Jain, Additional Secretary stated that overall objective of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) is a comprehensive management plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution besides augmenting the air quality monitoring network across the country. The NCAP focuses on collaborative and participatory approach covering all sources of pollution and coordination between relevant Central Ministries, State Governments, local bodies and other stakeholders. The main components of NCAP include city-specific air pollution abatement action plan for 100 polluting cities of the country similar to one for Delhi. 

This Roundtable marked clearly the solidarity of several national and international organisations with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Government of India in combatting air pollution in India.  The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Government of India to will continue deliberations for a coordinated effort to handle the complex issue of air pollution and implement NCAP successfully to reduce pollution levels in the 102 non-attainment cities by 20-30% by 2024.

His Excellency Dr Martin Ney, German Ambassador to India delivering the opening address

Mr. Nikunja Sundaray, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change addressing the participants

LtoR: Dr. Shruti Rai Bharadwaj, MoEFCC; Ms. Marion Wichmann-Fiebig, UBA; Ms. Oliva Pineda Pastrana, Mexico City

Mr. A.K. Jain, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC, addressing the participants

Mr. Miguel Angel Cancino, Environmental and Land Attorney of Mexico City - via video message

Ms. Ana Patricia Martínez Bolívar, Director General, Air Quality Department, Ministry of Environment, Mexico via skype

Mr. Santiago Ruy, Head of Culture and Tourism and Third Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in India

Dr. Arnico K. Panday, Regional Programme Manager - Atmosphere, ICIMOD, Nepal 

Dr. Wolfram Klein, Head of the Department for India and South Asia, BMZ 

Mr. Norbert Gorissen, Deputy Director-General, International Policy and other participants from BMU

Mr. Sho Miura, Second Secretary-Environment, Embassy of Japan in India

Dr. Rene Van Berkel, UNIDO Representative, Regional Office India

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